Cape Town - Orlando Pirates assistant coach Rhulani
Mokwena says they have been working on a way to prevent Kaizer Chiefs from
playing through Willard Katsande.
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The Buccaneers and Amakhosi lock horns at a
sold-out FNB Stadium on Saturday, with the arch-rivals separated by just one
place and two points in the Premiership table.
Khama Billiat will be a marked man if he's
passed fit to feature against Pirates, but Mokwena believes Katsande poses the
real threat for Giovanni Solinas' side.
The Zimbabwe international has established
himself as one of the best central midfielders in the country since moving to
Naturena from Ajax Cape Town in 2011.
"Willard Katsande is always the focal
point and an important part of the axis‚ and the foundation of the team. A very
matured player. A very important player for them," he said.
"He's important for the phases of the
game‚ because even though they change the line-up‚ the game model and the way
they behave on the pitch remains the same.
"You will always find the goalkeepers
initiating the build-up phase. You will find the centre-backs splitting‚
full-backs trying to be as high as possible.
"And they want to build from the back‚
and that's where they actually are the most dangerous. Because when they want
to start from the back‚ they want you to come and initiate a high press so that
they can get the ball behind for runners like Khama Billiat.
"And the person to do that is Katsande.
He needs no more than one touch to be able to deliver the ball to Khama. And
"They will do that. They look good
when they do that‚ Katsande is very influential for them when they do that‚ and
we expect him to continue to do that.
"And that's something that we have to
work on in training‚ to see how we manage such important people and such
important phases for them."
Kick-off is at 15:30.